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Hovie Franklin Lister (September 17, 1926 - December 28, 2001) was an American gospel musician, Baptist Minister, and politician. Lister was best known for his time as the front man of the Statesmen Quartet, perhaps the most well known and renowned Southern Gospel quartet in the decades of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as one of the most respected groups of all time.

Hovie Lister
Birth nameHovie Franklin Lister
Born(1926-09-17)September 17, 1926
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
DiedDecember 28, 2001(2001-12-28) (aged 75)
GenresSouthern gospel
Associated actsThe Statesmen Quartet
The Masters V


Lister was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and learned piano from the age of six. He accompanied a singing group composed of his father and three of his uncles (The Lister Brothers Quartet) at 14, and toured with Mordecai Ham at the same age. He attended the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Dallas.

Following his education, Lister served as an accompanist for The Lefevres, The Homeland Harmony, and The Rangers Quartet in the 1940s. In 1948, he formed The Statesmen Quartet, and remained the group's anchor for decades. Lister's style, which differed from his predecessors in his adoption of jazz, soul and ragtime idioms over the staid, solemn accompaniment of prior generations, influenced the sound of gospel and CCM in the later 20th century. Lister remained a member of The Statesmen Quartet into the 2000s.[1]

Aside from performing, Lister also had interests in music publishing and promotion. Lister was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame in 2001.[2]


  1. ^ Hovie Lister at Allmusic
  2. ^ Hovie Lister, Southern Gospel Music Association

External linksEdit

  • "Hovie Lister". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2011-01-09.